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Idit Klein

President & CEO

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Idit is a national leader for social justice with more than 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Since 2001, she has served as the leader of Keshet, the national organization for LGBTQ equality in Jewish life. Idit built Keshet from a local organization with an annual budget of $42,000 to a national organization with an annual budget of over $3 million. Under her leadership, Keshet has supported tens of thousands of rabbis, educators, and other Jewish leaders to make LGBTQ equality a communal value and institutional imperative. Idit also spearheaded the creation of leadership development programs for queer Jewish teens and mobilized Jewish communities to help defeat a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and pass two transgender rights bills in Massachusetts. In addition, she served as the Executive Producer of Keshet’s documentary film, “Hineini: Coming Out in a Jewish High School.”

Prior to leading Keshet, Idit worked in Jerusalem for Israeli-Palestinian peace and helped envision the Jerusalem Open House as a leader in the Israeli LGBTQ rights movement. A magna cum laude graduate of Yale University, Idit earned her Master’s in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a focus on social justice and anti-oppression education. She serves on the board of JOIN for Justice, the Advisory Board of the Safety Respect Equity Coalition, and the Leadership Team of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable to strengthen the national Jewish social justice movement. Idit was honored by the Jewish Women’s Archive with a “Women Who Dared” award and selected for the Forward 50, a list of American Jews who have made enduring contributions to public life. She lives in Boston with her wife, Jordan, son, Lior, and pup, Langston.

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Amram Altzman

Youth Programs Manager

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Amram brings his passion for justice, experiential education, and art to his work creating vibrant, empowering Shabbatonim for LGBTQ and ally Jewish teens. A veteran of Keshet’s teen programs, Amram was a contributing writer for New Voices Magazine and a member of the community education team at Brandeis Precollege Programs prior to joining the Keshet team.

He earned his degree in Jewish history and sociology from Columbia University’s joint undergraduate program with the Jewish Theological Seminary.

A New York City native, Amram lives in New York with his husband, Jamie, and their two cats, Perle and Herschel. He lives his life with an unwavering, unironic love of cats, kale, coffee, and pop music.

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Zora Berman

Education Program Associate

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Zora combines her background in Jewish and youth education with her passion for community-building as Keshet’s Education Program Associate.

Prior to joining Keshet, Zora worked with Community Action Youth Programs as an LGBT Specialist. She has also served as a Jewish Educator, Youth Advisor and as a Co-Coordinator for the Trans Health Information Project. She earned her BA in Liberal Arts from Goddard Collage.

Zora is a Jewish educator, organizer, and dreamer currently residing in Western Massachusetts. She loves singing, spending time outdoors, and yiddishkeit.

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Jaime Brody

Families with Young Children Coordinator

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Jaime combines her background in education and passion for Jewish community engagement as Keshet’s family programming coordinator.

Prior to joining Keshet, Jaime served in leadership capacities at OnlineJewishLearning.com, MetroWest Jewish Day School, Old South Meeting House Museum, the Holocaust Resource Center & Archives in Queens, New York, and the Historical Society of Rockland County.

Jaime is on the steering committee for Out MetroWest, helping to form one of the first middle school LGBTQ groups in the Boston area, and a member of the New England Advisory Council at Family Equality Council. Jaime earned her B.A. in classical civilizations and English from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an M.A. in gifted and talented education from the College of New Rochelle.

A master at growing zucchini in copious quantities and converting them to zucchini bread and assorted delights, Jaime is a vegetable gardener who is steadily expanding to perennials. She lives with her wife Meghan, their two young children, and a reclusive cat named Violet.

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Director of Education and Training

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Rabbi Micah Buck-Yael serves as Keshet’s Director of Education and Training. Before Keshet, Micah had the position of  Coordinator of Community Chaplaincy with the Jewish Family & Children’s Service of St. Louis, where he provided personalized support, connection, and meaningful programming for individuals throughout the St. Louis community. His work took him to hospitals, nursing care facilities, private residences, and many unexpected places!

Micah has his BA in Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, and his MA in Talmud and Rabbinic Literature and Rabbinic Ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary. Throughout his career, Micah has advocated and educated for LGBTQ justice, leading trainings and consultations within his local community and the broader Jewish community nationwide. He is the founder of the Builders Beit Midrash, a traditional learning community in St Louis that centers the voices of LGBTQ learners.He has been awarded SVARA’s Transformative Talmud Teaching Fellowship (2018-2019) and JPRO Chesed Award (2017).

In his free time, he’s most likely cooking or baking. He lives in St. Louis with his wife Aviva, four children, and assorted pets.

Amy Cobb

Data Administrator

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Amy’s background in databases and focus on non-profit organizations makes her the perfect fit as our Data Administrator.

Prior to joining Keshet, Amy worked as a Salesforce Implementation Consultant for Idlewild Partners, as well as at New Haven Reads as an AmeriCorps VISTA service member, Book Bank Manager, Program Site Director for an after-school tutoring program.

Amy is a Certified Salesforce Administrator, Nonprofit Consultant, and Platform App Builder. She has a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Environmental Studies with a minor in World Religions from McGill University and is currently working on an MBA from West Texas A&M University.

When not at Keshet, Amy enjoys exploring Providence and seeing live music. She lives in Providence with her partner, Shannon and their two cats, Jinx and Pasta.

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James A. Cohen

Chief Development & Communications Officer

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A long-time LGBTQ rights activist, James joined the nonprofit world following his early experience in corporate hospitality and food distribution services. When one of his foster kids asked James why he only did Tzedakah projects on days off, James began to wonder if he could transfer the skills honed in corporate life to make the world a better place.

A member of Keshet’s Executive team, James oversees Keshet’s institutional support and individual donor programs while also managing the organization’s communications department. He joined Keshet from the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Miami’s unifying force for Jewish philanthropy and community building, where he served on the Financial Resource Development and Foundation teams. James holds the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation.

Outside of work, James volunteers at the Jewish Community Day School of Boston and Temple Beth Zion (TBZ), and serves on the Board of Directors of the Boston Community Hevra Kadisha.  James was honored as a 2017 Combined Jewish Philanthropies “Chai in the Hub” Award and is a Senior Fellow of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. He earned his B.S. in communications from the University of Miami.

James lives in Newton, Massachusetts, is Abba to two wonderful young men, and a young Finnish Spitz named Ginsburg.

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Steven Davis

Events Manager

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Steven was a Keshet volunteer and donor for more than 15 years before joining the team full-time, where he now ensures that all of our events run smoothly and brilliantly as Events Manager.

Starting his career at the Museum of Science in Boston, Steven went on to plan dozens of community events and to coordinate more than 50 weddings and B’nai Mitzvah at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, MA, where he ultimately assumed the role of Executive Director.

Outside of his event-ful role, Steven serves as Vice Chair, Detroit Film Theatre Usher Committee, is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Detroit Institute of Arts, co-chair of NEXTGen Detroit Pride Committee and chair of the Chessed Committee for The Well. He also was awarded the Detroit Institute of Art Volunteer of the Year and the Express Employment Professionals Circle of Excellence Award.

Steven earned his B.A. from Connecticut College where he majored in fine arts, minored in art history, and completed a Museum Studies Certificate.

With a goal of visiting every national park, Steven enjoys traveling, photography, and hosting friends and family for Shabbat dinner. He lives in Ferndale, Michigan with his husband, Jacob, his dog, Serena, and cat, Xavier (aka “Little Cat”).

Suzanne Feinspan

Chief Program Officer

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Suzanne brings her background in coaching, facilitation, advocacy, and Jewish communal life to her job as Keshet’s Chief Program Officer.

Prior to joining Keshet, Suzanne worked with Avodah, running their DC Service corps, and in various national programmatic and management roles, including Deputy Director and Acting Executive Director. She also worked as an independent consultant focusing on equity and inclusion training, assessment and organizational change work, as well as coaching and strategic planning

Suzanne received a B.A. in Psychology from Wesleyan University, an M.A. in Jewish Studies from University of Maryland-College Park, and a Graduate Certificate in Facilitation from Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership. She has also received an Associate Level Coaching Certification from the International Coaching Federation. Suzanne was a member of the inaugural cohort of the Schusterman Fellowship.

Outside of work, Suzanne spends time working on advocacy and education in her local public schools and serving twice exceptional kids (kids who are both gifted and have a learning disability). She also is involved with equity and inclusion efforts, especially around racial and gender identity, at her local shul. Suzanne lives in Maryland with her partner, two kids, and two cats.

 

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Lenny Goldstein

Chief Financial Officer

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Lenny keeps the i’s dotted and t’s crossed as Keshet’s Chief Financial Officer and Executive team member, where he oversees the organization’s finances and accounting systems.

Prior to joining Keshet, Lenny served as Associate Director at Tufts Hillel, where he spent 18 years and lead the organization through a period of rapid growth. He began his career at the Flaschner Judicial Institute and Gay Community News.

A native of the North Shore of Boston, Lenny currently serves on the Board of Directors of Tufts Hillel and was awarded the Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence Award by Hillel International. He earned his MBA from the Questrom School of Business at Boston University and a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire.

In his free time, Lenny enjoys theater and reading. An avid cyclist, he recently completed his first century bike ride!

Keshet

National Office

284 Amory Street
Boston, MA 02130
Phone: 617.524.9227

New York Office

214 West 29th Street
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001

San Francisco Bay Office

2 Embarcadero Center
8th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Chicago Office

4700 N. Ravenswood Avenue
Suite B
Chicago, IL 60640